Charles F. Adams Biography

Charles Francis Adams (May 27, 1835–March 20, 1915) graduated from Harvard in 1856 but did not receive any advanced training in history. After serving as a cavalry officer during the Civil War, he made a career in the railroad industry. He authored a number of important works on corruption in the railroad industry as well as a number of local histories of New England.


The genesis of the Massachusetts town, and the development of town-meeting government. By Charles Francis Adams, Abner C. Goodell, jr.,
Mellen Chamberlain, and Edward Channing. Cambridge, Mass.: J. Wilson and Son, 1892.

Chapters of Erie: and other essays. By Charles F. Adams, Jr., and Henry Adams. Boston : J.R. Osgood and Company, 1871; Reprint with an introduction by James C. Mohr. Prospect Heights, Ill. : Waveland Press, c2002.

Charles Francis Adams, 1835-1915; an autobiography. With a memorial address delivered November 17, 1915; Reprint, with in introduction by Henry Cabot Lodge. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 1973.

Columbus and the Spanish discovery of America. By Charles Francis Adams, George E. Ellis, Gamaliel Bradford, Alexander McKenzie, and Justin Winsor. Cambridge: J. Wilson & Son, 1892.

The confederacy and the Transvaal: a people's obligation to Robert E. Lee. By Charles Francis Adams. Boston: The Riverside Press, Houghton, Mifflin, 1901.

"Imperialism" and "the tracks of our forefathers"; a paper read by Charles Francis Adams before the Lexington, Massachusetts, Historical Society, Tuesday, December 20, 1898. Boston, D. Estes & Company, 1899.

Lee at Appomattox, and other papers, by Charles Francis Adams. 2d ed., enl. Boston, New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1903; Reprint, Freeport, N.Y., Books for Libraries Press, 1970.

Massachusetts, its historians and its history: an object lesson. By Charles Francis Adams. Tustin, Calif.: American Reprint Service, 1985.

The Monroe doctrine and Mommsen's law. By Charles Francis Adams. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin company, 1914.

Railroads, their origin and problems. By Charles Francis Adams, Jr. New York: Arno Press, 1981.

Sir Christopher Gardiner, knight: an historical monograph: with additions. By Charles Francis Adams, jr. Cambridge: J. Wilson, 1883.

Studies military and diplomatic, 1775-1865. By Charles Francis Adams. New York, The Macmillan company, 1911; Reprint Freeport,
N.Y., Books for Libraries Press, 1971.